Norma Kamali is no stranger to one-of-a-kind, custom bridal gowns. For over 15 years, the designer has produced major wedding dress moments for her best friends, daughters, and celebrity brides alike.
Most recently, while designing a bespoke gown for a future bride, Kamali had a spark of inspiration; and instead of creating one look, she found herself designing 12 dresses! After a few curated additions, Kamali turned these pieces into her first-ever bridal line, which is now available on NormaKamali.com.
“You can go online, order a few options, have them sent to your house, and then pick out the one you like best and it’s done, that’s it,” shares the designer, who is currently a bride-to-be herself. “You’re not going to break the bank. They’re gorgeous and they are fun dresses to wear."
Since launching her namesake line in 1967, the designer has built her brand on ultra livable, but still sexy and stylish, clothing. Think: the infamous Diana dress—a one-shoulder, ruched, body-hugging number worn by countless celebrities (including Sarah Jessica Parker in the Sex and the City reboot, And Just Like That). So, it’s only fitting that her recent launch includes bridalwear pieces that fit within her signature credo.
The collection, which ranges from $325 to $755, is available in white, black, and red iterations, from sizes XXS to XL. “These dresses could be worn by the bride, or their bridal parties, or for any other special occasion, like a red carpet,” she notes. “These are really classic styles that are meant to be timeless.”
I focus on constructing clothing that is an easy fit—you’re not going to be restricted by the preciousness.
Highlights include a slinky, cross-back bias gown that would be stunning for a beach bride; a long-sleeve turtleneck gown with an open-back for a chic NYC winter wedding; and a ruched, off-the-shoulder goddess gown that brings the drama but is also comfortable.
“I focus on constructing clothing that is an easy fit—you’re not going to be restricted by the preciousness,” shares Kamali. “The most important part is that the dress is a fun experience. You are going to have a good time in that dress—that’s the key.”
As for her forthcoming nuptials, Kamali’s lips are sealed when it comes to her own wedding dress. “I have to keep it a secret. It’s a surprise!” But whatever she ends up wearing, you better believe it’s going to be fit for the dance floor.